Let’s go to Lakawon! … We arrived at New Bacolod-Silay Airport early in the morning and went to Silay City for breakfast at the famous El Ideal and roamed around the town thereafter. You have 2 options to reach Silay, take the airport shuttle for P50 per pax or ride a tricycle waiting outside the airport for a cheaper fare.
From Silay City, we rode a jeepney going to Bacolod Northbound Terminal/Ceres Liner North Terminal with P12 fare per pax. Travel time is less than 30 minutes. Ceres terminal can easily be distinguished upon arrival. If you have ample time, you can ride their regular aircon bus going to Cadiz Viejo. We opted to ride in their non-stop bus for a fare of P95 per pax. Travel time is 1.5-2 hours. We told “manong konduktor” to drop us in Crossing Burgos/Martesan bus and tricycle terminal in Cadiz. Upon arrival, we rode a trike going to Cadiz Port/Lakawon Port for 20-30 minutes travel. One tricycle can accommodate 6 persons for P120 (same price for 2 pax). Do not worry, there are numerous signage showing directions going to Lakawon Island so you know the bus dropped you at the right spot!
We arrived at around 2:45PM at the port. We decided to wait for other guests to lessen the cost of boat ride. Boat round trip fees are as follows; 1-4 persons P1000, 5-7 persons P1200, 8-10 persons P1,500. Boat travel time is less than 30 minutes. In addition, you will pay an entrance fee of P100/person (below 4 years old free) and terminal fee of P20/person. Last trip from the island is 5pm, so if you are on a day tour you need to consider this to avoid additional charges. For those with cars, they have daytour parking fee of P75 and overnight parking fee of P100. I just do not know the basis of their pricing on the corkage fee of P50/person for the foods and drinks you bring (for me, P50/group will do).
Lakawon’s Bamboo Houses
Lakawon offers different types of accommodation; they have bamboo houses (for overnight) good for 4 persons for P2,500, family cottages (for daytime) good for 1-10 guests for P1,200, and umbrella huts (for daytime) good for 1-6 guests for P600. Another overnight accommodation is their Pearl Place room which we reserved for P3,500. The room is equipped with aircon, TV, and 2 single beds with pullout. Even though Pearl Place area is far from the restaurant and gazebo, still, it is a good choice. Pearl place rooms have no private CR but there are several common CRs spacious enough for you to choose from. They have an ongoing hotel construction in the island plus other renovations to serve you better.
Gazebo and Lakawon’s Signature Structures
Our stay in the island was superb and amazing even just for 2 days and 1 night. We witnessed the majestic sunset and the beautiful sunrise. And we took more pictures and more time exploring the island without worrying the crowd (since it is off-peak).
Their website is currently down at the moment, http://lakawonislandresort.com/ but you can visit their facebook page Lakawon Island Resorts / @lakawonisland.
***mjian0930 rating: 8.5/10 for Lakawon Island
Watch-out for separate blog entries for Tawhai Floating Bar and Bacolod/Silay City adventures…Thanks!